Growing and Laying

Our baby chicks aren’t so babyish anymore… sad face :(

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Two of our Columbian Rock Crosses have started laying (but not the one pictured below)…

Chicks

And maybe even one of my New Hampshire….

Chick

Their eggs have been so little and cute :) No yokes in them at first, but now they are getting a little bigger so we’ll see when I crack open a bigger one…

Egggs

It has been very interesting to see these chickens integrate into the old flock and find their place among the other ladies. Its also fun to hear the difference in their clucking and little noises from the other types of chickens we have. I sat outside the last couple of nights since its been cooler, and just watched and listened to them…. Loving our adventures in chicken land :)

Beauty Filled Day

Our little piece of God’s land had some nice weather today and earlier this week. It was nice enough that the dogs laid in the yard and not in the shade of the porch.

Baxlay

Baxter kept trying not to look at me when I was walking around checking on the chickens and snapping shots of him.

Bax laying

He used to pose for me, but anymore he seems to just tolerate my photo obsession. some days though he will still pose and look handsome for me ;)

Baxter laying

Usually Chase helps me with the chickens, but today Baxter watched them for me while I checked out their coop and collected eggs.

Bax and chicks

I am going back to work Monday after almost three months off after my surgery and complications. I have mixed feeling because I have loved being home and being a homemaker. Everything is so organized and clean, just the way I like it. But I know I have to go back :( Maybe some day God will bless us with a baby and I can stay home with them.

Chase

But until then my boys are my babies and I love them :)

Chase Swims

We are well into summer and since I’m feeling better from my recent surgery the doctor said I can try to get back into shape by waking some.  On a recent walk hubby and I took Chase to a park where he can swim.

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Now Baxter will have nothing to do with swimming so he just stood by and watched.  But our boy Chase had a grand time being back in the water.

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Hope your having a great summer. 

Chase’s Country Quiche

So I have been working to clean out the old freezer so things don’t get freezer burn and I can actually tell what’s in there. Does that ever happen to you? You just get caught up in specials at the grocery store and life gets away from you and you forget what’s in the old freezer?

Anyways, I got some things out of the freezer, standbys from the garden and fridge, and bam DINNER…

Tonight the line up from the freezer include beef chunks, green peppers, pre-made savory pie crust with thyme (I made a few months ago and froze it- it’s gluten and dairy free), and whole roma tomatoes…  And from the garden peppers (red and light green), thyme, onions (regular and green). From the chickens eggs of course (6-8 depending on the size of the pie dish or quiche your using). Spices include salt/pepper, onion powder, and ground turmeric. Lastly from the fridge cheese and about 4 tbsp. of your milk of choice (not pictured because I forgot to get it out but I used a Colby-jack mix and lactose free milk).

Recipe 1

So first I chopped up all the peppers, onion, and tomatoes. Then I chopped the beef up into little bite size pieces so they distributed easier, cooked quicker, and were easier to eat in the quiche. I then beat the 6 eggs with the milk and salt/pepper. (If your pie dish is bigger add an egg or two if it’s smaller use an egg or two less.)

I added about 3 tbsp. coconut oil to a pan (or any oil of your choice that heats well).

Recipe 2

Place pan on medium heat and add the chunk beef that you seasoned the salt/pepper/onion powder, and turmeric before you place it in the plan. (I like to put the beef in a bowel and toss it with the spices and let it set for a few minutes.)

Recipe meat

When beef is almost done and browning nicely add in the peppers and onions (you can add chopped garlic too) and stir. Season with a little salt and pepper and stir again.

Recipe peppers onions

When the peppers are getting a little soft and the onions translucent stir in the tomatoes.

Recipe tomatoes

Once the tomatoes are warm and the liquid in the pan has gone down by 1/2 or more; add in the chopped thyme, stir, and turn off the heat on the pan.

Recipe thyme

While your veggies cook, roll out the pie crust.

Recipe pie crust

Place the crust into you pan of choice. (I had greased the pie dish with butter previously).

Recipe pie

I always add a pie ring on the pie dish as it helps keep the crust edges from getting too brown.

Recipe pie before

Bake the pie crust in a 375* oven for 8-10 minutes until the crust starts to firm and it doesn’t feel doughy. (It usually starts to get a little brown too).

Remove the crust from the oven it should look similar to this in color.

Recipe pie crust after

Add in the veggie/meat mixture to the pie crust.

Recipe filling

Pour over the egg mixture and distribute things evenly.

Recipe egg

Put quiche in the oven and bake at 375* for 30 minutes until the crust is browning and the quiche is set.

Recipe finsihed 2

Take quiche out of the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Recipe finished

Cut slices and top as you would like.

Recipe sliced

Ideas for toppings: sour cream, cheese, green onions, red onions, bacon (can’t go wrong with bacon) or anything you like

Other idea: Add in cheese to the egg mixture before poring on the veggies/meat mixture.

Use other veggies like zucchini, squash, spinach, or kale which you can add in with the peppers and cook at the same time.

Use other meats like sausage, bacon, or ham.

You can also omit the meat and just do a veggie one if you like.

Hope you enjoy. :)

Full recipe below:

 

Chases Country Quiche

By Seasonsgirl

Ingredients:

Pre-made savory pie crust (I make mine with thyme in it)

Beef chunks (cut into bite size pieces)

6-8 eggs (Depending on the size of the pie pan your using- I used 6 for my standard glass pie dish)

4tbsp. milk (regular, lactose free, soy, or almond)

1 cup grated cheese of your choice ( I used Colby jack, but you can use whatever you like, dairy free kind, or no cheese at all)

2-3 kinds of peppers chopped (I used one medium green pepper, two smaller light green, and one medium red pepper)

1 medium onion chopped (white, Vidalia, or red)

3 roma tomatoes chopped

1 tbsp. Thyme chopped

Salt/Pepper

1 tbsp. onion powder

1tsp. Ground turmeric

2-3 tbsp. Coconut oil (or any oil or oil blend you like)

Butter for pie dish or cooking spray

To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 375* and butter your pie dish or spray with cooking oil.

  2. Chop up all the peppers, onion, and tomatoes.

  3. Chop the beef up into little bite size pieces so they distributed easier, cooked quicker, and are easier to eat in the quiche. Season meat with salt/pepper/onion powder/ground turmeric.

  4. Beat the eggs with the milk and salt/pepper. (If your pie dish is bigger add an egg or two if it’s smaller use an egg or two less.)

  5. Add about 3 tbsp. coconut oil to a pan and placed it over medium heat. Add in your meat and stir only every 4 or 5 minutes so each side browns
  6. Once the meat is almost cooked add in your peppers and onions. Season with salt and pepper and stir as needed.

  7. Once your peppers start to soften and onions become translucent, add in the tomatoes. Stir.

  8. Once the tomatoes are warm and the liquid in the pan has gone down by 1/2 or more; add in the chopped thyme, stir, and turn off the heat on the pan.

  9. Roll out the pie crust and place in your pie dish of choice.

  10. Bake the pie crust in a 375* oven for 8-10 minutes until the crust starts to firm and it doesn’t feel doughy. (It usually starts to get a little brown too).

  11. Remove the pie crust from the oven and fill with veggie/meat mixture.

  12. Pour over egg mixture and distribute all parts in the crust evenly.

  13. Put quiche in the oven and bake at 375* for 30 minutes until the crust is browning and the quiche is set.

  14. Take quiche out of the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then cut slices and serve with toppings of your choice.

Happy Belated 4th

The boys reminded me today that I never posted their 4th photo…

Dogs 4th

So Happy 4th of July (belated) from Baxter and Chase. They hope you had a fun, parades, and fireworks filled day :)

Round em’ up…

Our baby chicks are getting big and are out in the big coop with the big girls full time now. At first we had to teach the babies to go into the coop each night. In order to do this hubby, our dog Chase, and I had to basically “herd” them in each night.

Rounded chicks 2

After a few nights of “herding”, one night we went out and they were all in there. A couple of my New Hampshire’s were even roosting with the big girls. (Another reason my chicks are smarter the hubbys ;) )

Rounded chicks

Now two of mine and one of hubbys Columbian Rock crosses  are roosting with the big girls and the others have found their respective spots in the small hutch in the coop, on those roosts. And one of each kind has found the new roosts we put in the coop for them. Over all it was a good transition for our now 10 week old chicks :)

Born Free…

So the baby girls had their first day out in wide open spaces yesterday. At first they stayed close to their chicken tractor…

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But eventually they took off testing their wings and exploring…

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At one point something must have scared them as the crowed back towards the fence…

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But eventually they just had fun exploring, under hubbys and my close observation.

Babys 2

This is our third time letting a group of chicks out to explore and we learned it is best done when you have two or more people to help keep an eye on your chicks and to keep an eye out for predators as girls this size are still easy bait. You also have to watch out for the older chickens in your flock. If they want to the big ladies will pick on the younger birds. We haven’t had too much of a problem with this since the big ladies are used to the young chicks in the chicken tractor.

Babys 5

We usually let them out in the afternoon or early evening after hubby has gotten home so we can watch them together. They still spend the majority of the day in the chicken tractor. As they get older and bigger they will get more time out in the great outdoors “free”.

Growing Chicks

Our baby chicks are not baby’s anymore :(

Chicks

They are big enough now that they can be outside in the chicken tractor every day and learn to be chickens.

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The big chickens are exploring around the chicks enclosure more and more…

Chiks n Chikens

Its funny to watch them interact, or not interact, and sometimes just ignore each other.

chickn tractor

The baby’s are also learning to eat pellet food, not just crumbles, and from the big girls feeder.

Chick eats

The stages they go though… funny, interesting, and sometimes odd, but always fun!

Poor Chicken

One of our Buff Chickens has a hurt leg…

Buff chicken

We don’t know how it happened and only can assume it may have happened when she jumped off her perch one morning. She has been hobbling around some, she is eating, and drinking so I’m not sure what we should do…. or if we should leave her alone to heal ? We can’t see anything wrong and when we press on her leg and the joint above she doesn’t peck at us or show pain, but who knows. Any ideas?

Adventures for Baby Chicks

Our baby chicks are growing and as you know from my last post are able to regulate their body temperature enough where they can be out in the yard on nice warm days.

Chick pen

As you can see from the above photo when they go outside they are placed in our newly built chicken tractor so they are safe to explore and birds or other things can’t get to them.

chick pen white

At first they were very timid and huddled together when they went out. But now they jump, run around, explore, peck at the grass, and act almost like a big chicken would.

Chick pen 2

Its really funny to watch them fight over spaces even though they have a big chicken tractor to be in. Their favorite space is a laying box we put in there for them to get used to.

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This white baby chick thinks she rules the roost sometimes…

chicks box

But she usually gets pushed out of the box after a while.

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They are also learning to use a big girl water feeder…

Chick water

They got used to that pretty fast.

Chicks water

For the most part the big chickens ignore the baby’s in their pen. Maybe because I haven’t planted my garden yet so they get to go into that to scratch in during the day…

Big Chicks

Still they are pretty close together, yet enjoying their own unique spaces I guess.

Chick yard

The baby chicks just enjoy each day they get to be out and right now they are fast asleep back inside and in their heat lamp area. Night Night baby chicks :)

 

 

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